My first read of RUST came in a one shot that was part of Archaia Entertainment’s Free Comic Book Day promo. As always with one shots you have a very small window to pull a reader in and although I gave it a decent write up, I wasn’t sold “concept” wise. That has all changed since reading RUST Vol.1. in it’s entirety. The first few pages of creator Royden Lepp’s Deisel-punk fantasy had me hooked. I’m convinced Royden is a cinematographer trapped in the body of an illustrator. Take for instance the opening scene (I say scene because it looks like something out of movie, and we’ll talk Hollywood a little later))…it takes place during World War One. American soldiers and German soldiers are battling it out in the fog of war. When all of a sudden robots from both sides enter the battlegrounds. That’s right robots in 1914. The American’s robot’s are comparable in size to an average man, however the enemies robots are devastatingly huge. With all’s that happening you know immediately that this is going to get interesting. The story really develops when we see a young lieutenant trudging through the dirt on his belly trying to find downed American robots (I’m assuming they are American, how American of me). Once he’s found one he removes a cylinder from it’s chest and tries to sneak off, only to be spotted by one of the enemies robots. This five story demonic looking piece of machinery chases him into a forest where the robot is eventually destroyed, not only by the lieutenant’s clever thinking, but a squadron of 10 year old boys with jest packs overhead who take to the battleground and quickly turning the tables on an otherwise guaranteed defeat by the enemy. By the way all this action has about three lines of dialogue. I was able to get the jest of everything happening with just the art. Sound easy? You try it? It’s a skill, a skill that will get you to see some of the biggest movie exec’s in the business, which leads me to some exciting news.
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Sounds like Royden is going to be a really busy man in the next couple of years. RUST is not a dialogue heavy read. In fact I did get confused once because of this, but I get confused easily so that could’ve been it. The story breaths within the space of what little dialogue there is allowing us to take in the scope of the landscapes. Royden’s depth of field and focus pulling has a real “Shadow Of The Colossus” feel to it especially during the fight with the mech in the wheat field. I am a bit in the dark as to when the meat of the story actually takes place. It looks like the present, only because some of the characters look very current, but then others don’t. You add that to veteran’s of WWI that are apparently still around…it could get a bit tricky on the chronosphere…if you know what I mean. I will say this, RUST is a title that I would have no problem letting my child, if I had children, read. It’s good ol’ fashion cliff hanging fiction for lovers of that genre and I most definitely am looking forward to Vol#2: Secret’s Of The Cell.
Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.